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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 10. Persons age 18 and over who hold at least a bachelor's degree in specific fields of study, by sex, race/ethnicity, and age: 2001
Field of study Total Sex Race/ethnicity Age
Males Females White Black Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/Alaska Native 18 to 29 years old 30 to 49 years old 50 years old and over
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Total population, 18 and over (in thousands) 208,762 (680.6) 99,811 (484.3) 108,951 (477.6) 151,898 (779.3) 23,314 (234.3) 23,580 (273.6) 8,097 (252.9) 1,873 (135.5) 44,447 (572.0) 85,830 (721.6) 78,485 (703.0)
Degree holders Number (in thousands)
Total 49,144 (595.5) 24,977 (422.6) 24,166 (419.3) 40,138 (548.5) 3,192 (142.5) 2,189 (145.7) 3,389 (177.9) 235 (49.2) 7,016 (245) 24,666 (444) 17,461 (378.5)
Agriculture/forestry 540 (68.7) 421 (60.6) (†) 473 (64.3) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 254 (47.1) 239 (45.7)
Art/architecture 1,450 (112.4) 649 (75.2) 801 (83.5) 1,156 (100.4) (†) (†) (†) (†) 259 (47.6) 748 (80.8) 443 (62.2)
Business/management 8,976 (275.8) 5,679 (218.3) 3,297 (167.9) 7,254 (248.7) 623 (65.4) 426 (66.1) 633 (80.2) (†) 1,202 (102.4) 5,102 (209.4) 2,672 (152.2)
Communications 1,164 (100.7) 577 (70.9) 586 (71.5) 945 (90.8) (†) (†) (†) (†) 301 (51.3) 706 (78.5) 157 (37.1)
Computer and information sciences 1,249 (104.3) 871 (87.0) 378 (57.4) 895 (88.4) (†) (†) 166 (41.4) (†) 268 (48.4) 828 (85.0) 152 (36.5)
Education 7,102 (246.1) 1,750 (123.0) 5,351 (212.3) 6,160 (229.6) 490 (58.1) 234 (49.1) 181 (43.2) (†) 663 (76.1) 2,891 (158.2) 3,548 (175.1)
Engineering 3,959 (184.8) 3,558 (174.2) 401 (59.2) 3,085 (163.4) (†) 173 (42.3) 559 (75.5) (†) 459 (63.3) 2,057 (133.7) 1,443 (112.1)
English/literature 1,527 (115.3) 597 (72.1) 930 (89.9) 1,316 (107.1) (†) (†) (†) (†) 241 (45.9) 633 (74.3) 654 (75.6)
Foreign languages 448 (62.6) 135 (34.4) 313 (52.3) 344 (54.9) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 219 (43.7) 189 (40.6)
Health sciences 2,298 (141.3) 482 (64.8) 1,817 (125.3) 1,811 (125.5) 173 (34.8) (†) 213 (46.9) (†) 382 (57.8) 1,247 (104.2) 670 (76.5)
Liberal arts/humanities 2,846 (157.0) 1,150 (99.9) 1,695 (121.1) 2,444 (145.6) 146 (31.9) (†) 142 (38.3) (†) 400 (59.1) 1,308 (106.7) 1,137 (99.6)
Mathematics/statistics 869 (87.1) 507 (66.5) 362 (56.2) 567 (70.4) (†) (†) 149 (39.2) (†) (†) 386 (58.1) 363 (56.3)
Natural sciences (biological and physical) 2,910 (158.8) 1,756 (123.2) 1,153 (100.1) 2,260 (140.1) 190 (36.4) (†) 345 (59.5) (†) 413 (60.1) 1,426 (111.4) 1,071 (96.6)
Philosophy/religion/theology 628 (74.1) 437 (61.8) 191 (40.9) 533 (68.3) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 268 (48.4) 255 (47.2)
Pre-professional 596 (72.1) 397 (58.9) 199 (41.7) 448 (62.6) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 306 (51.7) 216 (43.4)
Psychology 1,903 (128.6) 606 (72.7) 1,297 (106.1) 1,561 (116.6) 157 (33.0) (†) (†) (†) 428 (61.2) 940 (90.6) 535 (68.3)
Social sciences/history 2,436 (145.4) 1,026 (94.4) 1,410 (110.5) 1,981 (131.2) 260 (42.5) (†) (†) (†) 359 (56.0) 1,092 (97.6) 985 (92.7)
Other fields 8,243 (264.6) 4,377 (192.6) 3,866 (181.5) 6,907 (242.8) 417 (53.7) 337 (58.8) 559 (75.5) (†) 1,253 (104.5) 4,256 (191.5) 2,734 (153.9)
  Percentage distribution of degree holders, by field
Total 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Agriculture/forestry 1.1 (0.14) 1.7 (0.24) 0.5 (0.13) 1.2 (0.16) 0.7 (0.38) 1.1 (0.73) 0.5 (0.40) (†) 0.7 (0.29) 1.0 (0.19) 1.4 (0.26)
Art/architecture 3.0 (0.23) 2.6 (0.30) 3.3 (0.34) 2.9 (0.25) 3.3 (0.83) 4.8 (1.47) 2.2 (0.81) 4.4 (4.32) 3.7 (0.67) 3.0 (0.32) 2.5 (0.35)
Business/management 18.3 (0.52) 22.7 (0.78) 13.6 (0.65) 18.1 (0.57) 19.5 (1.86) 19.5 (2.72) 18.7 (2.16) 17.5 (7.98) 17.1 (1.33) 20.7 (0.76) 15.3 (0.81)
Communications 2.4 (0.20) 2.3 (0.28) 2.4 (0.29) 2.4 (0.22) 3.2 (0.82) 3.3 (1.23) 1.2 (0.60) (†) 4.3 (0.72) 2.9 (0.31) 0.9 (0.21)
Computer and information sciences 2.5 (0.21) 3.5 (0.34) 1.6 (0.24) 2.2 (0.22) 3.9 (0.91) 2.6 (1.10) 4.9 (1.19) (†) 3.8 (0.68) 3.4 (0.34) 0.9 (0.21)
Education 14.5 (0.47) 7.0 (0.48) 22.1 (0.79) 15.3 (0.53) 15.3 (1.69) 10.7 (2.13) 5.3 (1.24) 16.0 (7.69) 9.5 (1.03) 11.7 (0.61) 20.3 (0.90)
Engineering 8.1 (0.36) 14.2 (0.65) 1.7 (0.24) 7.7 (0.39) 3.6 (0.87) 7.9 (1.86) 16.5 (2.05) 11.4 (6.67) 6.5 (0.87) 8.3 (0.52) 8.3 (0.62)
English/literature 3.1 (0.23) 2.4 (0.29) 3.8 (0.37) 3.3 (0.26) 2.6 (0.75) 3.1 (1.19) 1.7 (0.71) (†) 3.4 (0.64) 2.6 (0.30) 3.7 (0.43)
Foreign languages 0.9 (0.13) 0.5 (0.14) 1.3 (0.22) 0.9 (0.14) 0.8 (0.42) 1.7 (0.90) 1.0 (0.56) (†) 0.6 (0.27) 0.9 (0.18) 1.1 (0.23)
Health sciences 4.7 (0.28) 1.9 (0.26) 7.5 (0.50) 4.5 (0.31) 5.4 (1.06) 4.4 (1.41) 6.3 (1.34) 2.1 (2.99) 5.4 (0.80) 5.1 (0.41) 3.8 (0.43)
Liberal arts/humanities 5.8 (0.31) 4.6 (0.39) 7.0 (0.49) 6.1 (0.35) 4.6 (0.98) 4.7 (1.45) 4.2 (1.11) 4.5 (4.37) 5.7 (0.82) 5.3 (0.42) 6.5 (0.55)
Mathematics/statistics 1.8 (0.18) 2.0 (0.26) 1.5 (0.23) 1.4 (0.17) 2.4 (0.72) 2.4 (1.05) 4.4 (1.13) 10.4 (6.41) 1.7 (0.46) 1.6 (0.23) 2.1 (0.32)
Natural sciences (biological and physical) 5.9 (0.31) 7.0 (0.48) 4.8 (0.41) 5.6 (0.34) 6.0 (1.11) 4.9 (1.49) 10.2 (1.67) 2.7 (3.41) 5.9 (0.83) 5.8 (0.44) 6.1 (0.54)
Philosophy/religion/theology 1.3 (0.15) 1.8 (0.25) 0.8 (0.17) 1.3 (0.17) 0.9 (0.45) 1.8 (0.90) 0.8 (0.49) (†) 1.5 (0.43) 1.1 (0.20) 1.5 (0.27)
Pre-professional 1.2 (0.15) 1.6 (0.23) 0.8 (0.17) 1.1 (0.16) 1.6 (0.59) 2.0 (0.97) 1.5 (0.67) (†) 1.1 (0.36) 1.2 (0.21) 1.2 (0.25)
Psychology 3.9 (0.26) 2.4 (0.29) 5.4 (0.43) 3.9 (0.29) 4.9 (1.01) 5.0 (1.50) 1.7 (0.72) 7.9 (5.65) 6.1 (0.85) 3.8 (0.36) 3.1 (0.39)
Social sciences/history 5.0 (0.29) 4.1 (0.37) 5.8 (0.45) 4.9 (0.32) 8.1 (1.28) 4.7 (1.45) 2.4 (0.85) 4.7 (4.45) 5.1 (0.78) 4.4 (0.39) 5.6 (0.52)
Other fields 16.8 (0.50) 17.5 (0.71) 16.0 (0.70) 17.2 (0.56) 13.1 (1.58) 15.4 (2.48) 16.5 (2.05) 9.9 (6.26) 17.9 (1.35) 17.3 (0.71) 15.7 (0.81)
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2001, unpublished tabulations. (This table was prepared September 2005.)